Art Walk blooms in May with 27 art locations!

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Join First Friday Art Walk 6-10 p.m. on May 4 for NEW art, NEW art venues, artist receptions, live music, the SculptureXGames Finale, international culture, local history, senior exhibitions, and all the food, fun, entertainment and shopping that have made downtown Springfield a destination.


Birds Eye Tattoo & Art Gallery makes Art Walk debut May 4

Birds Eye Tattoo & Art Gallery invites you to join them at 300 W. McDaniel to experience the work of Featured Artist Michael Pfau.


STD Flea Market debut: Collage Art by Donna ‘Pokey’ Alrutz

STD Flea Market/Grey Rocks Event Center has renovated its space at 505 E. Trafficway and opened it to display original local art. STD makes its Art Walk debut with Collage Art by Donna “Pokey” Alrutz. Pokey’s collages are whimsical, fantastical and fascinating in their detail.


Fresh features Metalsmith Maggie Bryan, Painter Sherri Davis

Fresh Gallery presents Featured Artists Sherri Davis and Maggie Bryan in May. Meet them during First Friday Art Walk, and join them May 12 for a Second Saturday reception with music, wine and art.


WINGS Printmaking Exhibition wows at The Creamery

The Creamery Arts Center presents the WINGS Printmaking Exhibit with around 120 pieces from the 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade students in Jenny Green’s Art of Printmaking class at the Phelps Center for the Gifted. Experience monoprints, foam prints, intaglio drypoints, linoleum prints and woodblock prints 5-8 p.m. during Art Walk.


Systematic Savings returns to Art Walk with two-artist show

Systematic Savings Bank is back! Join them for works by Featured Artists Madeline Brice and Hannah Bunch. Enjoy Madeline’s take on plant life and portraits, some with an edgy twist, and Hannah’s water-themed collection Submerge featuring beautiful textured pieces.


Local history, senior shows enhance May Art Walk experience

Springfield Police Museum at the Calaboose is again open to the public during First Friday Art Walks through October! Also, Park Central Library puts a spotlight on local history with Kaitlyn McConnell, founder of Ozarks Alive, talking about the unexpected and often downright weird tales that define the city’s past, from the great cobra scare to the founding of Route 66. And speaking of the Mother Road, History Museum on the Square is proud to premier Route 66 Arits Jerry L. Rice’s original oil painting of Red’s Giant Hamburg during the Walk.



May 2018 Gallery Guide


Art Inspired, 230 S. Market, presents Life through my Lens:  A collection of photography and digital art by Alan O’Neal. (417) 868-8084 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Sat


Beyond Studio, 400 South Ave., Stes. 230-250, presents Featured Artists Cindy Tucker and Elle Steward in May!

Cindy’s work harkens a vintage flair with even the most modern of subjects. With a vision of simplicity of beauty in everyday subjects that most take for granted, Cindy captures the soul of the spirit of the moment.

Elle shares, “After walking through life’s dark days, my passion is to bring people hope & happiness through the sweet & beautiful things in life. My art is designed to dwell on the simple, lovely things & bring a bit of happiness & beauty into people’s lives.” (417) 414-0487 Open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. M-F


Birds Eye Tattoo & Art Gallery, 300 W. McDaniel, makes its Art Walk debut in May with Featured Artist Michael Pfau. Be sure to welcome business owners Michael and Christy Pfau to Art Walk on May 4! (417) 771 5487. Open 12-9 p.m. T-Sat


BookMarx, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents Featured Artist Amy Jenkins and her show AJ’s Gallery Spring Collection for the May 4 Art Walk.


The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, home of Springfield Regional Arts Council, presents the WINGS Printmaking Exhibit. Enjoy around 120 pieces from the 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade students in Jenny Green’s Art of Printmaking class at the Phelps Center for the Gifted. Experience monoprints, foam prints, intaglio drypoints, linoleum prints and woodblock prints. Read the artists’ statements with their work. All works are original student designs and not instructor-led.  (417) 862-ARTS (2787). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F; closed major holidays Note: The Creamery is an Early Bird Art Walk location: its reception runs 5-8 p.m.


Drury Pool Art Center Gallery, 940 N. Clay St., proudly presents the APEX Senior Exhibition, with an opening reception 5-8 p.m. April 6. Note: Drury Pool Art Center Gallery is an Early Bird Art Walk location: its reception runs 5-8 p.m.


Equality Healthcare, 420 W. College, Ste. 100, presents New Works by Featured Artist Stephanie Cramer, plus the addition of Featured Artists Shannon Bacon and Dustin Burgert, and works by Featured Artist T.D. Scott. (417) 633-7020 Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. M-Fri Note: Equality Healthcare is an Early Bird Art Walk location: its reception runs 5-8 p.m.


European Café by Sweet Couture, 207 Park Central East, a proud Art Walk sponsor, invites you to enjoy local art and wildly creative edibles. (417) 942-5055 Open 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. M-Th, 9 a.m.-11 p.m. F & Sat Note: European Café is a Night Owl Art Walk location: open until 11 p.m


Fresh Gallery, 400 W. Walnut, presents Featured Artists Sherri Davis and Maggie Bryan in May.  Sherri is a painter and Maggie is a metalsmith jewelry artist. Of her art, Sherri says, “I dearly love animals and nature and tend to paint that subject matter most often. I paint in acrylic for my mural work, but I also love pastel and oil painting as well.” Maggie says, “I consider my process to be ‘Torch Therapy.’ Heating the metal with my torch to the point where it grows softer and ready for a new form … under the stress of my hammers and anvil, uniqueness and character start to emerge into a final creation that is strong and beautiful. Much like a woman’s soul that goes through the fire and stress to emerge stronger in spirit and character. My creations are meant to highlight and free that inner strength, spirit and beauty that each woman possesses.” Meet the artists during the First Friday Art Walk! These artists also will be on hand for a Second Saturday Art Walk reception 3-5 p.m. May 12 with music and wine. (417) 862-9300 Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. during Art Walk


The History Museum on the Square at the Fox Theatre, 157 Park Central Square, invites you to enjoy its popular Route 66 exhibit, Memories of the Mother Road, and to be the first to see the premier of Jerry L. Rice’s original oil painting of Red’s Giant Hamburgan iconic drive-through on Route 66. Paintings and prints will be on display in the theatre from 6-9 pm. FREE Museum Night during Art Walk; regular admission applies for Second Saturday. (417) 831-1976


Hotel Vandivort, 305 E. Walnut St., a proud Art Walk sponsor, features Physician-Artist Susie Sharpe in May, including First Friday and the Hotel V In Party each Wednesday night in May.

Artist Statement: “I am frequently asked, “How did you get started in art as a physician?

“I have been studying art since my early childhood and had a goal of becoming an artist.   When I was 16 my parents decided to immigrate to the US.   Landing in New York City without speaking any English, I decided to pursue a career in medicine instead of art.

“After grueling years of medical training, I started painting again while practicing medicine.

“Medicine has been an extremely rewarding career for me.  Helping patients with both physical and emotional problems keeps me grounded.

As a physician I witness a lot of pain and suffering.  Therefore, my art is about seeking Wholeness, Beauty and Passion for life.  My colors are bright and intense.  My subject matters are spiritually based.

“As a physician, I am highly self-controlled and disciplined.  As an artist I have to let go of control, and be bold and free.

“I am grateful to get to practice medicine and do art as a physician-artist.  Life is precious, and I believe living each day to the fullest.” – Susie Sharpe, MD has been an internist at Mercy since 1998.Open for First Friday and Second Saturday. (417) 832-1515 Note: Hotel Vandivort is an Early Bird and a Night Owl Art Walk location: Open 24-7-365


IdeaXFactory, 351 N. Boonville, presents We Could Be Heroes, plus the Sculpture X-Games Finale, featuring sculptures by 10 artist teams.

We Could Be Heroes: We asked a wide variety of artists for their heroes for this exhibition – be they from history, literature, music, movies, comics, friends, relatives…. To explore or present diverse heroes so we can all discover something new. Join the conversation on First Friday and add your painting, drawing, or story to the community heroes wall in the ideaXfactory DIY Art Lab. This event is free and open to the public.

Contributing artists include MSU and Drury faculty members, independent, professional, and street artists, among them: Jo Van Arkel, Beatle Mike, Gary Bedell, Christino Bellotti, Greg Booker, Rick Briggenhorst, Leah CF, Roxie Castro, Stephanie Cramer, Dendril, Keith Ekstam, Lura Faye, Lillian Fitzpatrick, Cedomir Kostovic, Iwona Rypesc-Kostovic, Christine Kreamer-Schilling, Maria Gerasimchuk, Sharon Harper, Hing Wah Hatch, Kevin Hughes, Sarah Jones, Mika Logan, Todd Lowery, Eric Ray, Meganne Rosen, Jina Seo, Shauna Leann Smith, Christie Snelson, Cameron Thomas and Mikey Yates


Mane Salon and Social House, 404A W. Walnut, a proud Art Walk sponsor, presents Featured Artist Nathan Smith plus live entertainment by Katie Moore and Heather Leverich, voice teachers at Conservatory of the Ozarks. Smith will show and sell his custom stained glass, film and photography, along with reclaimed wood sculptures. Moore will sing and play the autoharp while Leverich will sing and play piano.  The Social House also will celebrate Cinco de Mayo during Art Walk with $1 margaritas. (417) 755-7681 Open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. T-Sat


Millet and Hammer, 405-407 N. Boonville Ave., a collaborative studio and purveyor of locally made furniture and home décor, invites you to experience the new work its members have created for the month and the exciting projects in which they are involved. (417) 413-3817 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat


MSU Brick City Gallery, 215 W. Mill, and the Department of Art+Design, presents Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibitions. Students graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art will be exhibiting senior projects created in a variety of media. (417) 836-6794 Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Fri, noon-5 p.m. Sat and by appointment; closed Sunday and University holidays


MSU Center of International Programs, 301 S. Jefferson, presents the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia expressed in art, music, culture, and snacks. The Center of International Programs brings the world to downtown Springfield at The Morris Center.


MSU Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut St., presents the Art and Design Department BFA in Design Professional Design Practicum Exhibition. The Final Project in the Professional Design Practicum course is based on an ability to define and select a problem that requires an intervention of a graphic designer/illustrator from the wide scope of prospective clients such as nonprofit groups or businesses.


The exhibition includes a visual presentation of Final Project from analyzing problem and its challenges, sketches, ideas developments, through the final solution of problem solving and its implementation (417) 836-6999


Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, proudly presents Unpredictable: The Art of J. Kent Martin

Show Statement: “My creative process is a celebration of the unexpected, a salute to the unscheduled and unforeseen. Each piece is a reminder to live in the moment, to live each day with hopefulness, to explore and to expect the unexpected every day.” —J. Kent Martin (417) 616-6488


Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, presents Kaitlyn McConnell, founder of Ozarks Alive, talking about the unexpected and often downright weird tales that define the city’s past, ranging from the great cobra scare to the birth of Route 66. Art Walk reception ends at 9. (417) 831-1342 Open 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. M-Th and 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m. F & Sat Closed Sunday.


Springfield Brewing Company, 305 S. Market Ave., a proud Art Walk sponsor, presents Featured Artist Gary B. Parks.

About the Artist: Gary B. Parks was born a Texan but was raised in the farmland of Iowa. He followed in his father’s footsteps learning how to build, but he gained a wealth of knowledge from both of his parents and grandparents on how to think outside the box. His father used his creativity in building, but also in welding iron and wood designs. His mother was an artist and he studied her use of color. His grandfather inspired him to collect agate rocks and saw them in half to see the beautiful colors inside. All of this has helped to shape the artist he is today.

He has long since admired the strong lines in Frank Lloyd Wright’s buildings, and the colors and shapes of stained glass. At a time when all the builders were constructing the cookie cutter ranch style home, a client asked him to incorporate some stained glass and architectural artifacts into his new construction. Gary loved the freedom to create on such a large scale and it inspired him to collect stained glass and architectural artifacts for future projects.

His inquisitive mind keeps the wheels in his mind working overtime as he thinks of new ways to do something. Whether he’s studying the lines of architecture, sports cars or stained glass, he’s creating new ways to use that information in the next painting. Note: Springfield Brewing Company is an Early Bird and a Night Owl Art Walk location: Entertainment begins as early as 5 p.m. and shows run as late as Last Call on First Fridays.


Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., a working artist studio, offers live demonstrations of the ancient glassblower’s art during the First Friday and Second Saturday Art Walks in May. (417) 868-8181 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat


Springfield Police Museum at The Calaboose, 409 W. McDaniel, is once again open to the public during First Friday Art Walk! The Calaboose, Springfield’s original jail, was built in 1891 and used until the 1940s. The historic display covers a wide variety of fascinating crimes, lawmen and relics of law enforcement past. Visitors will be chilled by the sight of the last hangman’s rope and the black hood worn by the last condemned criminal to die by hanging in 1935.  The Calaboose is a stop well worth your time – drop in on First Friday! For more information on Springfield law enforcement history, visit Open until 9 p.m. on First Fridays


Springfield Pottery, 416 S. Campbell Ave., is a fine craft gallery and community clay center that not only produces a range of amazing ceramics, but also features examples of Fine Craft by over 45 Local, Regional and National Artists. Springfield Pottery welcomes you to First Friday and Second Saturday Art Walks in May. (417) 864-4677 Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat


STD Flea Market/Grey Rocks Event Center, 505 E. Trafficway, makes its Art Walk debut in May with Collage Art by Donna “Pokey” Alrutz. Enjoy amazing collage art at the newly renovated STD Flea Market during First Friday Art Walk and throughout the month of May. Pokey holds a Bachelor of Science in Art and English Education from MSU. While working as a career counselor, she spent much of her spare time painting and developing her collage technique.  Pokey’s collages are seamless creations from hand-cut images that are glued together and superimposed to make original designs.  The results are one-of-a-kind and often delightfully whimsical, with themes ranging from realistic scenes to science-fiction fantasies.  Visit her collage website at (417) 425-2019 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m.


Systematic Savings Bank, 318 South Avenue, returns as an Art Walk sponsor in May with Featured Artists Madeline Brice and Hannah Bunch. Madeline specializes in plant life and portraits, some with an edgy twist. Hannah specializes in water art and has a collection titled Submerge featuring beautiful textured pieces. Open 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. M-F and during First Friday Art Walk


Transformation Gallery & Tattoo, 330 E. Walnut, displays works by Kit King, Casey Baugh and Nick Baxter in its permanent collection, plus, for a limited engagement, works by local oil painter Michael Buesking and local metal sculptor James Dale. Don’t miss Transformation’s selection of artist prints, as well (417) 869-2338 Open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. T-Sat, 425 W. McDaniel, Ste. 160, Springfield’s downtown microschool, presents Student Pottery created in partnership with Springfield Pottery, plus shares its gallery space with students of Discovery Garden Montessori in May. The gallery will be open from 6:30 to 8 p.m.



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